In the 8th century the first primitive church stood at the site of the Saint Quentin Cathedral, on the Helbeek, the centre of old Hasselt. When the diocese of Hasselt was created in 1967, this church became a cathedral.
Important construction phases
The current Gothic church has a long building history.
- In the 11th century a Romanesque church was built of Diest ironstone on the site of the old church. The base of the current tower is the only remnant of this Romanesque church.
- Around 1250 the Early Gothic limestone tower of the current cathedral was built against the old Romanesque church.
- The Late Gothic nave, transept, aisle and chancel date from the 15th century.
- The choir aisle with the radiating chapel, the west outer wall with the 2 entrances and the Saint Barbara Chapel on the north side date from the 16th century.
- In the 18th century the steeple and the carillon were renovated.
- The pinnacles, the front extension of the tower and other decorative features on the outside and the interior, including the high altar, were added during the major restoration in the 2nd second half of the 19th century.
- The most recent thorough restoration was completed in 1999.
Important works of art
The works of art you will find in the Saint Quentin Cathedral include:
- Renaissance choir stalls (1549) with a number of sculptured rear panels and decorative seats
- the painting Calvarieberg by Lampsonius, Stations of the Cross and murals by the Hasselt historical painter Godfried Guffens (1823-1901)
- Baroque pulpit (1637) and confessional
- chancel screen in Louis XVI style with classical organ case
- copper baptismal font from 1700
- copper choir lectern from 1536
- Late Gothic statues of saints
- wooden portal (around1600) in the transept that comes from the Augustinian church
The oldest known monstrance in the world (12th century) is owned by the cathedral, but is exhibited in the Municipal Museum Het Stadsmus.
The museum in the carillon tower gives an overview of the history of carillons and how they work.